Ok, I'm going to try and explain this the best that I can... I really don't know a whole lot about computers, so here goes nothing! I have a Dell laptop that I got in May, and I used a wireless connection all through the summer in my apartment, and now that I'm at school I've been using a cord to connect my internet (its red and looks kind of like a cord that connects the phone to the wall) and just disabled the wireless because there isn't good wireless around here. So I left at Christmas and for a month used wireless at my parents house, just re-enabling it. Now that I'm back at school I'm using the cord again, and disabling the wireless. When I very first plugged it in, though, it didn't work. It told me a network cable was unplugged, even though I was doing the same exact thing I had done last semester. So I called my friend who knows something about computers, and when she came up she just barely touched the red cord and it started working again. We couldn't figure out what was wrong, but she said that maybe my computer just needed a little while to re-figure out the connection. But last night, all of a sudden, my internet stopped working, and the little icon, down by my clock, that is usually just two computers now has a red x in it and keeps telling me that a network cable is unplugged! I'm really frusterated because I borrowed a friends internet cord to plug it in, because I thought it was maybe just my cord, but it's still not working! I've jiggled the cord, I've switched the ends around, and I got on here and tried to follow some instructions of someone who was having the same problems as me, but I couldn't really understand the directions. Does anyone have any idea what the problem could be? Or should I just take my computer down to IT?
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Sounds like the data jack might be damaged. Look in the connector. If the pins are not straight then it will need to either go in for service (If you don't have warranty it will be expensive) or you can purchase a PCMCIA NIC (network interface card). Check the wall …
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